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Oct 31, 2010 07:23 PM

Schlitz Beer?

Is there anywhere to get six or twelve packs of Schlitz in Montreal?

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  1. I don't think I've seen it, but FWIW, I do see Pabst Blue Ribbon kicking around, another Milwaukee classic.

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    1. re: porker

      yes theres no shortage of pbr in the city but Id really love to find a schlitz distributor and would even be willing to drive a ways if anyone knows where!

      1. re: OliverB

        Excuse me, but why in hell...? Schlitz, PBR, Old Milwaukee, Miller lite etc... all interchangeable cheap peewater.

        1. re: Shattered

          Every time I see Scent of a Woman, I get a hankering for Schlitz;
          Colonel Slade orders Charlie a beer "Schlitz. No Schlitz?, Blatz. No Blatz?, Improvise!"
          Notice how he says "Improvise" instead of "interchangeable cheap peewater"? I mean, I'm just saying, hehe.

          1. re: porker

            That scene is what made me open this thread.

    2. All products of the Pabst breweries sold in canada are brewed by Sleeman.

      In ontario, they sell Schlitz Strong at the beer store. but nowhere to be found in Quebec.

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      1. re: westaust

        What's Schlitz Strong? Is it the original Schlitz formula and bottled or canned?

        What are the laws about importing alcohol... could I order from the Beer Store in ON or have a friend ship a few cases?

        1. re: OliverB

          You shouldn't have a problem, my family has shipped a few bottle of rum to a bunch of friends living in BC. Since Ontario is still in Canada, you could just cross the provincial frontier to by it (Ottawa is 2h15 away from Montreal).

          To import alcohol you need to go through the SAQ though, and its not worth it if you don't buy an important amount of alcohol.

          1. re: vanierstudent

            Lancaster is about 40 minutes away and they have an LCBO, albeit small. Theres a Beer Store a few kilometers up the road in Alexandria. For a full LCBO selection, Cornwall is only 75 mionutes away...

            1. re: porker

              I was just on the website and unfortunately it's not the original Schlitz. : (

              1. re: OliverB

                You can take a ride to Champlain NY, about 40 minutes. PriceChopper has it (don't remember price, but its cheap as peewater). On way back, Border Services will at worst have you pay duty on a six-pack, roughly making it equivalent in price to Canadian beer, at best, just wave you through.

      2. Boston hound here. Maybe I can help explain the reason for the demand.
        Licensing, namely the old brand names, have become a commodity worth re-investing into.
        Reingold in NY is making a comeback, and in RI, Narragansett Beer is now back on the market under an ownership group with 100 different investors. (and building a new brewery in Providence)
        Narragansett actually found a surviving member of the original brewmaster's crew (in his 80's), who revived the "original" formula for the beer.
        Apparantly now, the "new" owners of the Schlitz brand have done the same, and found a surviving member of the original brew crew,(again a man in his 80's) who is resurrecting
        the "original" formula.
        And any of the Canadian brewed US brands may not be using these new formulas due to existing contracts.
        Probably an attempt to get away from the "peewater" image.

        N.H. is the place you want to go.
        $5.99 US for a 12 pack 12oz.cans-Narragansett Beer (sale-this week)
        $10.99 US for an 18 pack of 12oz. cans Molson Canadian or Labatt Blue.
        A case of Schlitz is definitely less than $20 US.
        No bottle or can deposit. No taxes.

        On our July trip to Ottawa, I brought back several beers from Ontario.(not available in the US)
        Loved the quality, hated the price.

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        1. re: Lighthousehunter

          a tip for next time: beer is quite a bit cheaper here in quebec than in ontario.

          1. re: C70

            I neglected to mention...our 1st trip to Ottawa.
            I didn't dig the beer monopoly...reminded me of all my years(with my dad) buying beers in Nova Scotia (Provincial control).
            But I asked Chowhounders about any food related stops on the drive between Ottawa and Montreal, and we ended up at Beau's All Natural Brewery in Vankleek Hill.
            They couldn't have been nicer at the brewery, and I ended up grabbing a couple of bottles of Lugnut.
            Apparantly, they had an issue with a bottling run, and had a quantity of partially filled bottles for discounted sale only at the brewery (of course).

        2. Thanks for all the insight!

          N.H. and Champlain Velley it is on my next trip!

          I wish I could convince some local seller/dep to pick up distribution...

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          1. re: OliverB

            From what I'm told, Quebec is not everyone's cup of tea when trying to list a new beer product. I spoke to some Ontario brewers at the wine&beer fest a few years back. They said it wasn't worth jumping through the bureaucratic hoops...